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Friday, 27 November 2015

Your YouTube #49

Firstly I would like to offer my co-host Lisa huge congratulations for her new role as Brit Mums Video Round Up Editor. I am sure you will do a fabulous job!

The video I have chosen this week comes from Chloe Bridge who has been out and about hitting the shops and showing us all the festive outfits they have in. It certainly saves me trailing round the shops, which I really hate! I really love the Gap Kids Santa beard jumper and think my son would look so cute in it!


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hollywood Bowl Leeds review

On a very rainy Sunday, we headed off to Leeds to try out the newly refurbished Hollywood Bowl. A whopping £500,000 has been spent transforming the place into a top venue. It took us absolutely ages to get there, bridges were shut, roads were flooded, then the main road into Leeds was closed due to a 10k race taking place! It wasn't the best journey ever.

Hollywood Bowl Leeds

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Week 140 - What has made me happy

Beyond the beautiful forevers
What an incredible week it's been. I have really enjoyed time away from home. It's pretty rare that I get away for a weekend, let alone for two whole nights. I was slightly nervous about heading down to London, but I knew I would enjoy myself once I was down. I attended Mumsnet Blogfest on the Saturday, which was great fun and, as ever, very inspirational. On Sunday I attended a YouTube Kids event at London Zoo which was amazing. I totally fangirled Natasha Bailie (vlogger & blogger), but aside from that left with very little embarrassment, which is impressive for me!

YT Club Flexi Tripod Review

I have been vlogging regularly for around a year now and am really enjoying it. If you want to check out my YouTube channel, you can do so here. I bought a really lightweight tripod which I have used for the past year. It's OK but it's not very sturdy, and I have to attach my mobile phone to it with an elastic band! I certainly wouldn't take it out and about with me as I didn't feel it would be up to much! I was asked to review the YT Club Flexi tripod, which is a brand new product. It has a universal mobile phone attachment and you can also use it for your DSLR and point and shoot camera.

YT Flexi Tripod

Monday, 23 November 2015

How to preserve sash windows

When my husband and I bought our first house eleven years ago we were so excited. There was a lot to do to the house. The 'flamingo pink' bathroom suite needed to go, the kitchen needed updating, the gas fire was condemned the week we moved in, so that also required updating. At every stage, something needed doing. We did our absolute best with that house, learned new skills; tiling, grouting, wallpapering. I loved pushing my boundaries, and also found removing flocked wallpaper ridiculously rewarding. I even wallpapered the stairs two weeks before my son was born. When we put it on the market though, we struggled to sell. 

The one thing we naively hadn't realised needed upkeep was the wooden windows. We hadn't once painted them in the eight years we had lived there. It didn't even cross my mind that they would need anything doing to them, that they would deteriorate with the weather. After nearly two years on the market, there was only one thing for it, we needed to replace the windows! Within a couple of months of replacing the old windows with new uPVC ones, we had sold the house.

cat and sash window

Friday, 20 November 2015

Personal success and supporting others

Personal success is just that, personal. We each have our own goals to achieve, targets to aim for. It could be that success for you right now is getting out of your pyjamas and dressing gown and putting some clothes on. Goodness only knows that was success in my book when I had a newborn. Success could be achieving a Masters. It could be earning money from your blog. Success is subjective, and we all put different values on it. So isn't it about time that we stopped using those values to judge others?

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Lights by Tena and those oooops moments

It was only when I was discussing with a friend that I was attending an event organised by Lights by Tena that I realised just how common bladder weakness is. My friend admitted that since having children she had struggled with the ability to hold on until she gets to the toilet, and can't bounce on trampolines any more. I genuinely thought people just said that to get out of bouncing on trampolines! Certainly in the first few weeks after having children I couldn't laugh or sneeze without a little accident, or an Oooops moment as they have handily been named. 

gin cocktail

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Week 139 - What has made me happy

I feel like I should be doing more! We have no guests in at the moment and although I am really busy, I kind of feel like I'm not doing enough on the B&B side of things. Possibly I just need to learn to relax when we haven't got guests in! This week I started another Clean 9 detox, after the excess of our holiday in Center Parcs. I'm finding it a lot easier this time round, although I am rather tired!

Here is what has made me happy this week...

Cat matching Agalittle girl and cat


Monday, 16 November 2015

JML Nutri Blitzer Review

I have to admit to being slightly jealous when I have watched others drinking fruit and vegetable shakes for breakfast in their YouTube videos. It looked so simple and such an easy way to get goodness into your diet. I was keen to review the JML Nutri Blitzer, a new product on the market to rival all others. I regularly have a protein shake for breakfast, and this seemed like the perfect way to get extra nutrients into that morning shake.


Sunday, 15 November 2015

15.11.15 Silent Sunday


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